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Touchless Toilet Removes The Ick Factor From Unfamiliar Bathrooms

Touchless Toilet Removes The Ick Factor From Unfamiliar Bathrooms
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Kohler's new product can be controlled by waving a hand over it to flush it.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 7 may 2014


The toilet is easily one of the places that can gross out most people or make them paranoid since it has many points of contact that could potentially spread germs and cause disease. Luckily, companies have already developed and designed toilets that require minimal touching or none at all to flush.

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American brand Kohler has recently come out with its own Touchless technology toilet that allows users to flush without so much as laying a finger on any flush lever or button. The toilet is fitted with a sensor and users simply have to hold their hand over the tank lid where the sensor is located to flush.

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The concept of a touchless toilet is certainly not new, but unlike most similar products that use infrared sensors in their system, Kohler’s Touchless toilet uses an electromagnetic field to detect the user’s hand over the sensor’s location and initiate the flush sequence.

In a press release, Brian Hedlund, marketing manager of Kohler toilets and bidets, said,

The Touchless flush is a great solution to this growing demand for increased hygiene in the bathroom. Homeowners are of course worried about the hygiene and health of their family members, and the toilet trip lever is an obvious area of hygienic concern. Touchless takes that concern out of the equation, utilizing new technology to provide a touchless way to control the flush.

Kohler’s Touchless technology comes pre-installed in selected toilet models, but it is also available as a standalone kit that people can simply install into their existing toilets. The Touchless toilet flush kit fits in any standard toilet and works with most canister and flapper type toilets. The sensor is mounted inside the tank and is powered by 4 AA batteries, which can last on an average of 6 to 12 months depending on extent of use. The kit also comes with a cover for the hole left behind when the trip lever is removed so people won’t get confused when it’s time to flush.

The kit is set to be released in a few months and is expected to retail for $100.

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[h/t] Engadget

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